Title: The Rebel
Series: Looking to Score
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day: March 30, 2021
I never thought I’d see her again.
We shared one hot night together back in college before our paths took us in different directions.
But now, the most brilliant and beautiful woman I’ve ever met is back in my life. And the chemistry I remember? It’s more combustible than ever.
Except…our fling is forbidden and must exist only in secret. Her rules, not mine.
I can’t be her forever. I’m not that guy, and even she knows it.
But I can’t stay away from her either. I’m determined to claim not just her body but her heart, even if that’s the one thing she’s vowed not to give me.
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The Rebel is a sweet romance that flirts at a “second chance” label, though I’m not sure a one night almost-hookup really counts as a true “first chance.” The first several chapters of the book (six, to be precise) turn out to be the prequel novella One Night with the Rebel in its entirety, so if you’ve read that you already have a head start on this one; if you haven’t, well, here’s your opportunity–turns out you didn’t miss out after all.
Eden and Holt play a two steps forward. three steps back dance for much of the book–there are a few complications in the way (the controversy over Eden’s ownership of the team has her on edge and possibly in danger, he’s a contracted employee of her organization, her ex is a new player on her team, he feels that he’s not worthy of her, the fact that she left him a “this was a mistake” note after that night back in college…) that make their relationship a challenge, so this makes some sense.
Even with all that, this story is fairly low angst. Eden suffers a bit of a drama meltdown when their relationship is outed, but it gets resolved fairly painlessly. I was a bit bummed that the her needing security aspect wasn’t ever really realized–there were a few protests organized around games, but you never really get the feeling that Eden’s in any real danger, and Holt didn’t get much of a chance to flex his head-of the-security-team muscles. A shame, really, because did you see his muscles? 😉
Probably what this book does most effectively is introduce readers to the hockey team and a group of secondary characters who will undoubtedly feature in future books–books which I will definitely be here for, because hockey + romance = yes, please! Alex, Eden’s ex, stars in the next book ( The Rival ), and he’s less than sympathetic here, so Ms Ryan has her work cut out for her with that one. 😉
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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